Here are photos at most of the stages of work. Keeping in mind this happened over one or two weeks. They earring are alloyed, milled, drawn, brazed, planished, cold forged, ground, polished laser welded and bead set diamonds by hand . I hope you enjoy the pictures and I do apologise not all the stages are photographed..Enjoy. Cpruitt
Rough materials, 14k, Lone Mtn Turquoise and VS/G Diamonds
Showing the difference of planished/ cold forged rings. Marking for reference when planishing. After another annealing, I move to planishing on some mini stakes. At this point Im moving the metal on the side of the ring. Thinning them out at the points.
Here is the end result after planishing/cold forging. To achieve this shape the last two steps were preformed one after another for about 5 rounds, annealing after each step..Rings ground to final shape and polished. Sorry I forgot to photo the grinding and polishing process.
Moving on to the diamond placement, Im using dots the same size as diamonds for refrence .. the fuzzy stuff is glue..
There are five diamonds per side, four sides to each ring, two rings total. If you did the math too thats 40 diamonds total ..
Not pictured: Drilling on one end of each earring to allow a headpin to go through it and laser welded to a chain link . Giving them the ability to spin.
Also not pictured; Chain making, using the wire above it was drawn down and made into jump rings once connected each link was laser welded closed.
Turquoise Cabochon cut ans polished by me, a thick bezel was formed and placed on a delrin rod with double faced tape. Prior to polishng the edges are chased down with a hammer and chasing tool.The final product . The rings spin freely and will move with wear..
Recieved 1st place at the 2014 Santa Fe Indian Market.
Currently in a private collection.